Location & Directions
The Ranch House
at V.A. Poma Ranch
The V.A. Poma Ranch provides wonderful opportunities for both amateur and serious birdwatchers as well as all outdoor lovers.
Located not far from the Continental Divide, we have access to a diversity of mixed conifer, spruce-fir, ponderosa, oak and aspen forests as well as meadows and willow-riparian zones near the Weminuche River, various ponds and our own Martin Lake.
You will be greeted upon arrival by a friendly host and plethora of different hummingbirds that make the Ranch House porch always entertaining. The Rockies and the altitude atttract interesting birds including Steller's and Gray Jays, Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Western Tanagers, Magpies, Warblers, Flycatchers, Eagles to name a few. The Colorado Field Ornithologists Assn. lists
183 species in Hinsdale County.
They also describe birding areas in the county including a wonderful description of Piedra Road that leads right up to the Poma Ranch. See item #13 and also #14-nearby Williams Creek Reservoir.
[first identified by Meriwether Lewis] is included in this CFO writeup. This curious colored bird with a 21" wingspan sometimes acts more like a flycatcher, often chasing flying insects. Its range includes the VA Poma Ranch. Maybe you could be the first to positively identify one on the Ranch.|
Within just a few miles are trailheads into the San Juan National Forest. These marked trails can be great for birding, too. See our HIKING page for more information.
Guests can watch soaring raptors such as Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Red-tailed Hawks from their cabin porches.
Sparrows and warblers flit around in the willows, shrubs, and grasses. Magpies and large, blue Stellar Jays provide an unmistakable wake-up call.
Wild turkeys cross the meadows and Mountain Bluebirds line the fences.
Woodpeckers make their presence known as their pounding on the hollow trees echoes through the woods.
Several seed eaters enjoy our feeding station.
And there are swarms of hummingbirds during July and August.
You may even get one to perch on your finger!
During the summer, our guests can see Broad-tailed Hummingbirds and Rufous Hummingbirds in great numbers.
On occasion we get Black-chinned Hummingbirds and the smallest bird in North America, the Caliope Hummingbird.
We could go on and on about the many different birds here on the Ranch. Come join us and bring your binoculars, your spotting scopes, and your cameras!
Remember, you must be a guest or register at the Ranch House to begin. Full size Hiking Maps are available there.
Of course, the best way to take in birding at dawn and dusk is to stay with us at one of
OUR COMFORTABLE CABINS located away from the bustle of highways and cities.
You'll find others with a common interest in Birding and the wonderful outdoors here at Poma in the Colorado Rockies.
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"THE PONDEROSA" Trailmap|
"THE LAKE" Trailmap|
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"THE SPRING" Trailmap
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V.A. Poma Ranch, P.O. Box 550, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147